Take a Ride on Hairless Joe at the Mid-Atlantic Air Museum

The Yankee Air Museum's C-47 Skytrain pictured here will attend the Wings of the North Air Expo over the weekend of July 23/24th, 2022 along with the museum's B-17G. Rides will be available on both aircraft. (photo by Threshold Images via Yankee Air Museum)
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Experience a ride that thousands of Allied troops took during World War II on a C-47 airplane on June 1st-4th at the Mid-Atlantic Air Museum located at 1054 Arnold Drive, Reading Regional Airport, Reading, PA 19605. It’s a busy weekend for the Museum as they celebrate their annual World War II Weekend with A Gathering of Warbirds on June 2nd-4th. For more information on the weekend, visit https://www.maam.org/maamwwii.html.

Lt.Col. Cole standing beside the tail of “Hairless Joe”. (Photo via Dave Callanan – Yankee Air Museum)

For history buffs and those seeking a once-in-a-lifetime experience, public rides on the C-47 are available on Thursday, June 1st at 5:00pm and 6:00pm. The ride is a 20-minute experience and costs $255.00 per person. Order now at https://yankeeairmuseum.org/fly/#c47 or take a chance and walk up the day of the flight. Rides continue to be available during the weekend show, but patrons need to purchase a ticket to the show. Gates open each day at 8:30am and close at 5:00pm. You’ll find our ride schedule for all three days at the link above.

The C-47, Hairless Joe, is owned and operated by the Yankee Air Museum and was one of the most vital pieces of military equipment in winning the war according to General Dwight D. Eisenhower. The C-47 Skytrain was developed from the Douglas DC-3 civilian airliner.  One of the most mass-produced aircraft in history with 11,000 manufactured before and during WWII, there are still 172 of the aircraft flying today. Also known as the Gooney Bird, the C-47 was built to last.


Reading Pagoda adds Pacific Theatre ambiance to the landing of CAF B-29 Superfortress “Fifi”
(Image Credit: Moreno Aguiari)


Information about Mid-Atlantic Air Museum visit https://www.maam.org/


About Yankee Air Museum:  Established in 1981 the Yankee Air Museum is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization.  The Yankee Air Museum dedicates itself to educating individuals through the history of American aeronautics, aerospace industry and its associated while inspiring generations through personal experiences to instill pride in our national accomplishments. Yankee Air Museum, located at 47884 D Street, Belleville, Michigan on the grounds of historic Willow Run Airport. Visit  www.yankeeairmuseum.org to discover more or call 734-483-4030.


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